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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives and jail deputies are still searching for 37-year old suspect Christopher Lee Brown, who escaped from the Inmate Reception Center Release area at approximately 10:00pm Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
“As a result of the inmate’s actions, and that it appears that mandated security practices may not have been followed, the inmate was able to escape through the jail Inmate Reception Center release area door,” said Captain Mike Parker, Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “Identified security concerns were immediately remedied,” he said.
Investigators believe that Brown impersonated another inmate in an effort to escape the jail. The escape was discovered when during the night, one of the many wristband counts that takes place in the jails revealed the inmate was not where he was supposed to be. This led to the search of the jail and ultimately the discovery of jail CCTV video showing the inmate leaving through the release area at 10 pm Wednesday, which confirmed that the inmate had escaped.
Suspect Brown had been sentenced Wednesday to a four year jail term for a Burglary and Identity Theft case investigated by the Alhambra Police Department He is now wanted for felony escape from a jail facility.
Brown is a transient with no known address and has multiple prior arrests for theft related charges. Also, in 1997 he was arrested and later convicted for Assault with a Deadly Weapon in the San Luis Obispo area, and arrested for a Cohabitant/Spousal Assault in 2007 in the Santa Barbara area . Other areas where he has been arrested in are El Monte and Newport Beach.
Brown is described as a male Black, 6’03″, 200 pounds. His booking photo and photos of him walking out of the jail release area have been made available.
If you see Brown, do not approach him. Instead, contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
As part of a through systems review, the Inmate Reception Center, Twin Towers Correctional Facility, and Men’s Central Jail were placed on lock-down throughout the day. Medical and mental health serves have continued to be provided for inmates. “A comprehensive review of jail systems, especially related to releases are continuing,” said Captain Parker.
We are actively following leads in an effort to re-arrest this inmate. We are asking for the public’s assistance to help locate him. If you have any information please contact Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (323) 267-4800. Or anonymously via LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org